Framing the Issue of Orphans and Vulnerable Children



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The Framework, published in 2004, presents a series of recommendations designed to strengthen the international response to orphaned and vulnerable children through a range of organizations, institutions and governments. It represents the current position of the development establishment towards the question of orphaned and vulnerable children. Within the Framework are implicit a number of development assumptions, policies and politics. The document defines the interest groups assumed to be responsible, labels problems, identifies solutions, and divides interventions into categories for further research and action. It makes suggestions about what should be done and who should do it. All of this is presented as self-evident and necessary, although I will argue that the document is rife with assumptions and that the politics of the development establishment can be seen in the text.